When your teeth look discolored you may run to the store to buy an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit, but what if that doesn’t work? There is something called intrinsic staining that isn’t conducive to bleaching. Extrinsic stains, on the other hand, respond well to bleaching because they are on the outside of your tooth enamel making them easier to reach and easier to remove. If you’re suffering from intrinsic tooth stains you may need another remedy such as cosmetic bonding or dental veneers.
What are Instrinsic Stains?
Intrinsic stains are stains that happen within your tooth behind your tooth enamel. You can still see them because your enamel is semi-transparent. Intrinsic stains stain the inner dentin of your teeth. It is a type of tooth discoloration that can’t be eliminated via whitening. Intrinsic stains are often due to the following issues:
- A tooth injury
- An infection
- The use of certain medications such as tetracycline at an early age
- The expectant mother using tetracycline during pregnancy
- Certain illnesses
- Congenital discoloration
Cosmetic bonding can be used to correct a variety of dental issues including broken or chipped teeth, teeth that need lengthening, and teeth with gaps between them. It can also be used to mask craze lines, cracks, or discolored teeth. It is a fast, easy, and non-invasive procedure that is also affordable. The composite resin material used can be matched so it blends naturally with your surrounding dentition. A conditioning liquid is applied to your tooth enamel so the composite bonds securely. The composite is painted onto the tooth and hardened with a special light. It’s that easy, and several teeth can be bonded in one visit.
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